2013 Update—October 12th to 25th

On Monday the 14th while at work I listened in on the UD Faculty Senate meeting to review the proposed Data Center/Power Plant project.  That evening I attended the Newark City Council meeting, which had standing-room-only attendance of residents sharing their views in support of and opposition to the project.  On the 15th I had a tour of the Newark facilities for the Training and Apprenticeship program run by the building trades union.  On the 16th I had a tour of the Bloom Energy manufacturing facility, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its facility.  On Thursday the 17th I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the UD’s ISE Lab.  ISE stands for Interdisciplinary Science & Energy, and the new building hosts classrooms and labs for a wide range of areas of study.  On Saturday I participated in a panel on the federal budget challenges, and the impact here in Delaware.  I was joined by Senator David Sokola.  The Town Hall was hosted by the Americans for Democratic Action.

I door knocked on Madison Drive with Rebecca Powers on Sunday the 20th.  I attended a meeting of the Coalition Against Gun Violence on the 21st.  I attended two civic meetings on Tuesday evening—the first of the Citizens Advisory Council for White Clay Creek State Park and the second was of the White Clay Creek Civic Association, which decided to let its member community civic associations provide their own opinions on the requested deed restriction change to permit the Whiteman’s Garage property to be converted into a new CVS, on the corner of Paper Mill and Corner Ketch Roads.

On Thursday I went to the breakfast fundraiser for the YWCA, then taped two segments for Comcast’s Newsmakers series, and in the evening spoke at the campaign kickoff event for Amy Roe.

We worked on DelDOT signage (stop signs, and ‘slow/children’ signs) for the district.  I am involved with some preliminary work on legislation on banning the box, on improving oversight of the debt collection industry, correcting the balance between the city and university related to zoning issues,

I submitted several recommended improvements to the proposed regulations to implement Delaware’s medical marijuana law.

I spent a lot of time this past week working on the manufactured housing community’s struggles with the implementation of the rent justification law.  This work is focused on multi-year leases (or are they one year leases that expire and renew each year?).

I have been reviewing a bill (HB 196) which is before one of my committees, related to protecting people from housing discrimination based on their source(s) of income.  The bill is causing much concern, however I am hopeful that this is primarily due to a misunderstanding of the bill.

I did some background work for the meeting on Monday the 28th on the Promoting Charter-District Collaboration Task Force (its following meeting will be on November 14th).

I also did some preparatory work in advance of the November 21st public meeting to identify how we fix our system of overseeing Delaware’s midwives.  I am working to get improved cooperation from the Department on Public Health on a sticky issue—thus far I have been disappointed on a critical issue.

Well, tomorrow is the Newark Halloween Parade where we will have a group participating.  After this is our fundraiser at the Deer Park.  Come by and support our efforts to serve our district and our state.